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Saturday, July 30, 2011

This Was Friday in Northport

What do you do when you get to the farm market before most of the vendors have even set up? I can only tell you what I did—bought an almond croissant and took it back to the car to “share” (teeny bites) with Sarah before taking her for a little walk through the marina park until at last I could purchase my fresh vegetables and flowers.

The flowers were for the talented Elizabeth Buzzelli, Friday afternoon’s guest author at Dog Ears Books. Elizabeth brought her latest pet crow mascot and charmed her visitors, as always. The visitors, however, did not want their pictures taken. “Oh, my hair’s a mess!” “I’m all sweaty from riding my bike!” Excuses, excuses. Okay, we have two pictures of Elizabeth instead. And the crow--do note the crow!

The day did not end at 6:30 but continued in the marina park, where Dog Ears was the evening’s co-sponsor for the Steve Sandler Quintet. You want to arrive early for Music in the Park, because picnic tables go fast. Some people come every week and bring their own tables and tablecloths as well as elaborate picnic dinner. It's a multigenerational event, with attendees from tiny babies to our oldest citizens. Children climb up and perch on the big branches of the old willow trees, catching the breeze.

There are dogs, too, and yes, Sarah was there, but she was, I'm embarrassed to say, a little too interested in the pizza the people behind us had brought for their dinner. She needs more lessons in picnic manners.

Musicians, you were wonderful! Steve was joined by Bill and Laurie Sears and two other musicians whose names I didn't jot down. (Sorry! You were great, too!) One bookstore customer and grateful music-lover said to me on Saturday morning, "That group could play here every week, as far as I'm concerned!" But next week will be Chico Luna and the Other Band, and their different sound is great, too. Wear your Western shirts and be ready to dance.

Cool jazz for a warm night. Has Dog Ears ever done anything that brought in more vocal appreciation? “Thank you for sponsoring the group," we heard over and over. Glad to do it, Northport! It was the perfect close to a summer day Up North. For a look at my Saturday morning, see my photo blog today. For a look at the beautiful onions I got at the morning market, see below. Are they jewels, or what? I didn't plant any root vegetables in my garden this year so am dependent on the market for onions, beets, carrots, etc.


Kathy said...

Sounds like we both enjoyed a summer eve listening to music in a small town. It's delightful, isn't it? Your onions are indeed jewels of many colors.

P. J. Grath said...

Sweet summer coincidence, Kathy, the evening music events in your part of Michigan and mine. Market beets and carrots were jewels, too. I'll try to remember to take their pictures this coming Friday.